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Will My Facial Hair Grow Back After Radiation Therapy
Possibly: Assuming you lost the hair from treatment for a cancer in the oral cavity or pharynx, it would depend on the technique. These days most radiation doctors use imrt for head and neck cancers. This distributes the radiation widely and therefore less dose directly to the skin versus older methods. Often in this case the hair will grow back but sometimes more sparsely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Facial hair is a physical characteristic usually found on males where hair grows around the chin and lower portion of the face. The development of facial hair usually begins during puberty. Additionally women can occasionally develop facial hair but it usually happens when hormone levels change, ...Read more
Yes.: Hair loss will start about 2 weeks into radiation treatment. It occurs because the treatment damages the hair follicles. Hair grow will usually begin again a few months after the end of treatment. The hair texture, color and thickness may not be the same. With very high doses of radiation there might not be any regrowth. Ask the radiation oncologist what to expect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hair growth change: After chemotherapy the hair root is injured and growth stops. The alteration in growth pattern after recovery is thought to be responsible for the change in appearance of the growth of the hair. It can have color and texture change as well. The scientific details are still not totally clear. ...Read more
No such medication: Hair do grow back after chemo has been completed but the growth is slowest in Eye brows. Be patient and get some help from American cancer Society for the time being. They can help you with good make up to cover up the problem for a few months. Then I expect the hair will slowly grow back. ...Read more
Alopecia areata: Up to 50 percent of patients who present with patchy alopecia areata experience spontaneous hair regrowth within one year. However, most will relapse. There are a variety of treatments for it, including topical and intralesional corticosteroids as well as some systemic therapies. ...Read more
Yes.: Radiation or chemotherapy drugs are toxic to cells that are rapidly dividing. This means they specifically target cancer cells, but they also kill healthy cells that grow quickly. This includes hair cells (causing baldness/alopecia) and stomach cells (causing nausea or mucositis). Once the chemo or radiation is stopped, the side effects go away and hair should grow back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My hair grew back thicker and healthier after chemo. Now after 6 years, my TSH levels returned at 8. Will my hair grow back once my hormones stabilize?
Why won't my hair grow back after radiation treatment? I had a brain tumor 15 years ago, with intense radiation following chemo. My hair has not grown back since. I'm very self conscious about it and really want it to grow back. Luckily, my hair grows ove
I : I am sorry to hear that you have permanent hair loss. This can occur after radiation therapy for brain tumors, although it is much more unusual today than it was 15 years ago due to better technology that focuses the radiation where it needs to go in the brain and avoids the scalp. Most non-surgical hair growth treatments like rogaine (minoxidil) or low-level light therapy do not work well in this situation because the number of hair follicles in the area of hair loss is decreased. There are some institutions and doctors that have performed surgical procedures to reverse the hair loss. If the skin is not scarred and is otherwise healthy, there has been some success with hair transplants like the ones men can get for male pattern baldness. If the skin is more significantly changed by the radiation or there is notable scaring, these types of procedures to transplant hair follicles are unlikely to work and more extensive reconstructive surgery using a tissue expander where they put a balloon under the skin and stretch out the normal skin nearby and then move the new skin over the bald patch has been tried. It's a lot to go through for a cosmetic problem and insurance probably won't pay for it. The risks of a healing problem after the surgery might also be a bit higher from the prior radiation. If you are really interested in pursuing this further, i'd try to find a plastic surgeon in your area with experience caring for burn patients as similar reconstructive techniques are used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Puberty: Boys develop facial, axillary and genital hair when they go through puberty. The timing depends on many factors we don't understand including genetics so typically boys will do what their fathers did. However there seems to be a trend toward earlier puberty these days. We do not know why but i suspect some hormonal influences from the foods we eat or our environment. ...Read more
Possibly but...: The chances of regrowth depend on a lot of factors. The amount of area involved, the type of infection (i.e fungal), the duration of infection, and the treatment used/needed. A dermatologist should probably be consulted in case scalp injections can help to stimulate hair regrowth. Time may be of the essence in getting evaluated/treated, so please followup promptly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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